Working at the Polls

If you’re looking for ways to make an impact this election season, consider becoming a poll worker or volunteering. As the pandemic continues and many poll workers, typically older Americans, must protect themselves from Covid-19, election officials are desperately seeking healthy volunteers.

For information on working the polls in your area, go to Power to the Polls. Research the requirements and training guidelines in your state through the Fair Elections Center.

And in case you didn’t know, working at the polls is an actual job. You are paid. Check your state or jurisdiction for pay rates.

On Election Day, don’t forget to bring snacks and dress comfortably. Bring your phone charger or medications, if needed.

Due to the pandemic, states and cities should supply personal protective equipment for poll workers. However, it doesn’t hurt to bring your own.

Volunteering at the Polls

If you can’t work at the polls, consider volunteering after you’ve voted. Here are some ways you can help:

  • Offer rides to those who need transportation to their polling place.
  • Bring water, pre-wrapped snacks and other essentials to voters waiting in long lines.
  • Offer to watch children or loved ones while a caretaker goes to vote.

Last of all, however you decide to help make democracy happen, stay safe!